The International Institute for Theoretical Cardiology (IIfTC)
was founded in Bad Orb, Germany, on June 3, 1984. The legal requirements
to fulfil the exemption status according to German law were obtained.
The founding members were Daniel Burkhoff, Baltimore; Michael Franz, Baltimore;
Ulrich Freund, Bad Orb; Thomas Kenner, Graz; Kazem Sadegh-zadeh, Münster;
Jochen Schaefer, Bad Orb; David Yue, Baltimore.
The aim of the institute was and is to create a forum for the examination of controversies in cardiology, with a special focus upon their philosophical and epistemological dimensions. In particular, we are interested in the question whether certain controversies in medicine, particular cardiology, can be clarified by an evaluation of the axiomatic foundations underlying the disputes, and not simply solved by the perfunctory acquisition of additional experimental and clinical results.
Since its foundation, the IIfTC has organised several international symposia, workshops and colloquia, published various contributions in international journals and books and completed the translation of important scientific contributions from the German physiological and cardiological literature into English.